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Overseas engagement

We have Counsellors located in five key overseas regions. They:

  • assist our department and its portfolio agencies across a range of policies and programs
  • strengthen our overseas networks and promote Australia’s capabilities in the industry, resources, innovation, science and research sectors
  • engage with host country governments, other key partner countries, businesses, peak bodies and research organisations
  • form and maintain relationships with these stakeholders to promote our key policies and programs
  • look for common interests and possible linkages

The Counsellors advise the Australian Government about key initiatives in their host countries. They also support visiting Australian Ministers and departmental staff and represent us at key engagements and events.


Our Counsellors are based in the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

China is a key partner for Australian industry, resources and science. It is Australia’s largest export destination, mainly due to resources exports. Australia is China’s third highest research co-publication partner behind the US and UK.

Key priorities

  • Supporting trade and investment under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
  • Promoting collaboration through forums such as the Australia China Bilateral Dialogue on Resources and Energy Cooperation and the Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology.
  • Supporting bilateral engagement through the Australia-China Science and Research Fund and establishing an Australia-China Dialogue on innovation.


Esther Harvey
Phone + 86 10 5140 4477
Esther Harvey biography [225 KB PDF] [1 MB DOCX]

Jess Brown
Phone + 61 447 148 131
Jess Brown biography [69KB PDF] [21KB]


Our Counsellor is based in the Australian Embassy and Mission to the European Union in Brussels.

Australia’s relationship with Europe is deep-rooted, vast and profound. The European Union and its Member States are Australia’s largest science and innovation collaboration partner, our second largest trading partner and largest source of foreign investment.

Key priorities

  • Supporting greater economic and policy connections, including through science, research and technology.
  • Fostering collaboration in areas such as low emissions technologies, hydrogen, critical minerals, artificial intelligence, digital economy, space and astronomy.
  • Representing Australia at OECD Committees on science, innovation, entrepreneurship and digital economy.


Sarah Brown
Phone + 32 02 286 0589
Sarah Brown biography [129KB PDF] [100KB DOCX]


Our Counsellor is based in the Australia High Commission in New Delhi.

India’s resources and energy demand, and research and science capabilities continue to grow alongside their rapidly advancing economy. India is undergoing a major energy and resources transformation. They are a growing market for resources trade and investment, and research collaboration. This includes clean coal and high efficiency low emissions (HELE) coal fired power stations. India seeks to work with Australia on best practice policy developments.

Key priorities

  • Supporting the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, our largest bilateral partnership for innovation, science and research.
  • Providing input into the India Economic Strategy, currently being developed.
  • Supporting the Ministerial Australia-India Energy Dialogue, which covers all energy and resources trade, policy development and research collaboration.
  • Working closely with Austrade to maximise trade and investment opportunities.


Geoff Whelan
Mobile: +91 95 9922 9301
Geoff Whelan biography [173KB PDF] [2 MB DOCX]


Our Counsellor is based in the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.

Japan is Australia’s largest export destination for energy resources. They are the largest Asian investor in Australian resources projects. Japan is also a key partner for Australian industry and science.

Key priorities

  • Engaging with Japanese investors and customers in Australia’s resources sector. This includes liquefied natural gas (LNG), coal and minerals.
  • Promoting technology collaboration in resources sectors. This includes clean coal, carbon capture and storage (CCS), HELE coal fired power stations, and hydrogen.


Charles Adamson
Phone: + 81 3 5232 4020
Charles Adamson biography [43KB PDF] [265KB DOCX]

North America

Our Minister-Counsellor for industry, science, energy and resources is based in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

Australia and North America have a long history of close cooperation and collaboration. This has been embodied in the United States (US) through the 100 years of Mateship Campaign. The US, Canada and Australia share many similar policy challenges and are important partners.

Key priorities

  • Facilitate policy dialogue between the Australian, US and Canadian Governments and the community about science, technology, innovation, energy and resources. Aiming to share best practices and lessons learnt and explore collaboration opportunities.
  • Monitor key issues in the region that relate to innovation, space policy, energy, resources, digital economy and the future of work.
  • Engaging with the education sector to promote policy dialogue and share lessons learnt. Also encouraging collaboration and mobility between Australia, the US and Canada.


Ann Bray
(Industry, Science, Energy and Resources)
Phone +1 202 797 3441
Ann Bray biography [1015KB PDF] [78KB DOCX]

See also

Read about Australia's involvement in co-hosting the Square Kilometre Array

Last updated: 28 January 2021

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